Bread for the World Opposes Cassidy-Graham Health Care Bill

WASHINGTON–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Bread for the World today announced it opposes legislation introduced by
Sens. Bill Cassidy (R-La.) and Lindsay Graham (R-S.C.) to repeal the
Affordable Care Act (ACA).

The proposed legislation would make deep cuts to Medicaid, end the
Medicaid expansion, and block grant Medicaid’s remaining funds to the
states. Tens of millions of people are expected to lose their health
care coverage if this bill becomes law, which would increase hunger and
poverty.

The following statement can be attributed to Rev. David Beckmann,
president of Bread for the World:

“Cassidy-Graham is just as bad as the other health care bills that have
been rejected by the Senate. It would end the Medicaid expansion and
take health care coverage away from tens of millions of people. Of
course, those Americans who have the greatest need for health care
coverage – seniors, people with disabilities, and families with children
– would be hit hardest by this legislation.

“Hunger and poverty rates have been declining, due in part to the
expansion of health care coverage. This legislation would reverse the
progress that has been made and increase hunger and poverty in the U.S.
People without health insurance must often choose between paying for
medicine and the health care they need, and putting food on the table.

“Senators should work together on a bipartisan bill that does not take
away health insurance from tens of millions of the most vulnerable
Americans.”

Bread for the World (www.bread.org)
is a collective Christian voice urging our nation’s decision makers to
end hunger at home and abroad.

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